A Student of History

August 1, 2006

Digging up Ireland

Filed under: Ireland — John Maass @ 11:29 pm

From Yahoo News today:

Life in the Iron Age may have been nasty, brutish and short but people still found time to style their hair and polish their fingernails — and that was just the men.  These are the findings of scientists who have been examining the latest preserved prehistoric bodies to emerge from Ireland’s peat bogs — the first to be found in Europe for 20 years.

One of the bodies, churned up by a peat-cutting machine at Clonycavan near Dublin in 2003, had raised Mohawk-style hair, held in place with gel imported from abroad.  The other, unearthed three months later and 25 miles away in Oldcroghan by workmen digging a ditch, had perfectly manicured fingernails.

I have not seen pictures yet but will post same as soon as I locate some.  The rest of the on-line article is here

A related article from the BBC in January 2006 is here.

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2 Comments »

  1. Oldcroghan man, the article went on to say, had had his head removed, and the other one was close to having a nipple severed. Gee, what with mohawks and manicures life must have been a riot around the bog.

    I enjoyed visiting your blog. You have some interesting posts.:)

    Comment by elementaryhistoryteacher — August 2, 2006 @ 1:54 am | Reply

  2. May my blog not become a bog!

    Comment by John Maass — August 2, 2006 @ 3:19 am | Reply


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